Boomkat Product Review:
This is a weird one – released on cassette only back in 1997, the whole concept arose when Canadian indie label Granted Passage Cassettes asked Destroyer main man Dan Behar for a compilation track. Behar responded with over twenty ‘sketches’, which would be subsequently pared down to make up the full length ‘Ideas for Songs’. Predictably the tape disappeared quickly, and since then only a few poor quality rips have been heard of this beguiling, personal record. Those of you who are familiar with Destroyer will assume you’ll know how the album sounds, but I wasn’t prepared for just how enjoyably soft-focus the whole thing is. This is not the epic, well primed Americana we know from ‘Destroyer’s Rubies’, rather these are small, witty miracles, closer in sound to Daniel Johnston or the underrated Diane Cluck than Bob Dylan or Pink Floyd. It might be nearly fifteen years old now but ‘Ideas for Songs’ is an understated beauty of a record, and with the new found interest in everything tape-recorded and lo-fi, it might be just the right time to rediscover this lost piece of Behar’s complex history. Recommended.